Following the announcement that it had sold its TOCA BTCC Licence at the end of 2019, HMS Racing has now put its Alfa Romeo Giulietta BTCC car up for sale, with the car having only contested one season in the BTCC.
The car has been listed for sale at £95,000 plus VAT, as a “complete car fully prepared and ready to race including a 2018 spec low mileage Swindon Powertrain two-litre turbo engine”.
The team missed the 2019 season, instead loaning its TBL to Motorbase Performance to run Nicolas Hamilton.
However, when Hamilton withdrew before the end of the year, it meant the team had to then either sell its licence or lose it.
Team Principal Simon Belcher then announced in December that the team would not return in 2020, citing a lack of sponsorship as part of the reason.
“Due to the fact we had to sell our licence though, and with the current Brexit uncertainty creating additional issues around the raising of the necessary sponsorship, it is unlikely our BTCC return will be imminent,” said Belcher in December.
“The full infrastructure of the team is still in place and one of the newest cars on the grid, our Alfa Romeo, is sitting ready to race should a suitable commercial partner be found.
“We have been offered the lease of another licence, so there is certainly the possibility of a return in the future if everything can be put in place – but it’s unlikely anything can be put together in time for 2020 due to the increased costs of leasing a licence, over owning one.
“It is a great shame we can’t return in 2020, as we’d planned to, but with the financial implication which followed after Nic was unable to fulfil his commitment to the BTCC we had to either lose our licence or sell it.”